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Paynter Arrives at Belmont Park

Grade 1 Travers candidate Paynter arrived at Belmont Park this morning from New Jersey and will be monitored to see if he can make the $1 million “Mid-Summer Derby” on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

Two days after winning the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational by 3 ¾ lengths on July 29, the Zayat Stables-owned son of Awesome Again spiked a fever. After spending time in the barn of trainer Kelly Breen at Monmouth Park, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Paynter to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J.

“I sent him there as a precaution,” Baffert said on Friday. “They gave him fluids and antibiotics. We didn’t want to just leave him in the barn. He was sick; he had a temperature. He needed a lot of fluids. He had just run.”

Baffert said he has no schedule set for Paynter and will monitor him on a day-to-day basis in hopes of making the 1 ¼-mile Travers.

“Our main concern is to make sure the sickness didn’t go really bad on him,” said Baffert. “It was precautionary. He’s doing fine now.”


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Older Comments about Paynter Arrives at Belmont Park...

Yeah, me too. I'm a great big fan of Union Rags, but that Belmont should have been a sturdy win for Paynter. Drifted at the last couple seconds.
I really hope he can make the Travers and win so then we can say that he is the top 3YO.
GO PAYNTER! He's my pick then Alpha then Hansen

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